Praised by the Boston Globe as “…not just a virtuoso, but an artist…” Irina Muresanu has won international acclaim as an outstanding young soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. The LA Times wrote that her “musical luster, melting lyricism and colorful conception made Irina Muresanu’s performance especially admirable.”, while the Strad Magazine called her Carnegie/Weill Hall performance a “…a first-rate debut recital.”
Ms. Muresanu’s recent engagements as soloist include concerts with the Boston Pops, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva), the Syracuse Symphony, the Metropolitan Orchestra (Montreal), the Transvaal Philharmonic (Pretoria), the Orchestre de la Radio Flamande (Bruxelles), the Boston Phiharmonic, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, and many others. She has collaborated with such noted performers as Kim Kashkashian, Cynthia Phelps, Sharon Robinson, Ronald Thomas, Andres Cardenes, James Buswell, and Nathaniel Rosen. In more than one occasion, her performances were named among the “Best of…”classical music performances by the Boston Globe, and her recital in the Emerging Artist BankBoston Celebrity Series was cited as one of the Top 10 musical events by TAB Magazine.
Ms. Muresanu’s is a top prize-winner in numerous international violin competitions such as the Montreal International Competition, Queen Elizabeth Violin Competition, UNISA International String Competition, Washington International Competition, and the Schadt String Competition. She is the winner of the Pro Musicis International Award, the Presser Music Award and the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association. Ms. Muresanu was awarded Special Commendation award for her recording of Schoenberg’s Fantasy for violin and piano at the 3rd International Vienna Modern Masters Performers Recording Competition.
An active chamber musician, Ms. Muresanu is a member of the Boston Trio, the Lewin-Muresanu Duo (with pianist Michael Lewin), and the Walden Chamber Players. She is a frequent guest artist with the Boston Chamber Music Society, Mistral and many other groups.
This much sought-after chamber artist has appeared in such festivals and venues as Bargemusic in New York; the Rockport Festival in Massachusetts; Bay Chambers concert series and Bowdoin Festival in Maine; the Strings in the Mountains festival in Colorado; Maui Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, Reizend Music festival in Netherlands; Festival van de Leie in Belgium; and the Renncontres des Musiciennes festival in France.
Her discography include the world premiere recording of Marion Bauer’s Sonata for Violin and Piano (with pianist Virginia Eskin) on Albany Records label, and a CD featuring chamber works of Erich Korngold, released by the VPRO Radio Amsterdam. She can be often heard on NPR and WGBH radio stations.
Ms. Muresanu currently serves on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory and the Music Department at MIT. Starting in 2004, she was appointed Artist-in-Residence (as part of the Boston Trio) for the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Division. A native of Bucharest, Romaniam, she received the prestigious Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory in 1999, where she currently is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate.
She plays an 1856 Joseph Rocca violin and a Charles Peccat bow, courtesy of Mr. Mark Ptashne.